Saturday Scenes

Wed 14 April 2010

A Bright Idea

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 20:39

Walter Hunt had a problem: he owed a friend fifteen dollars, which he didn’t have. The story goes that he distractedly twisted a piece of wire as he sought a solution and suddenly realised he had something important in his hands.

On the 10th of April in 1849, Walter Hunt was awarded a US patent for his invention.

Patent for Safety Pin Issued April 10, 1849

It was made from one piece of wire, which was coiled into a spring at one end and a separate clasp and point at the other end, allowing the point of the wire to be forced by the spring into the clasp.

He received four hundred dollars for the rights to the safety pin and paid his debt and saved many pricked fingers. Don’t you just love a happy ending?

I don’t really have a neat way to segue into this week’s selection other than these photographs but were all taken exactly 161 years later on the 10th of April 2010.

These are the inventive people who find something to submit week after week:

Saturday Scenes is a great way to see the world from someone else’s point of view! Taking part is easy:

1. Take a photograph on a Saturday
2. Send it to @SatScenes on Twitter
3. Wait for the webpage to get updated
4. Oooh and aah over all the great submissions from all over the world!

So take a photograph this weekend and send it to @SatScenes!

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